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"There you are!" Diva the Blessed vignette

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My youngest daughter turns 19 next month. She is a second year apprentice painter and decorator. One of her hobbies is painting miniatures, though with work, boyfriend and socialising with friends, she hardly has time to paint miniatures of recent.


At the age of 16 she completed the vignette featured in this post and I am so very proud of what she created at such a young age. She has indicated she really wants to keep in

the hobby and still buys miniatures she likes.


Diva the Blessed was treated to the usual paint routine. She had painted several figures before, but Diva was a special figure and turned out very well. Her best painting effort at that time.


The Reaper giant spider was another challenge for her. Painting an overall black figure provides a number of challenges, which she overcame by chatting to Mum and I as well as several figure painters within the club. Again, Vallejo and Citadel paints were used, with the distinctive red patch on the abdomen painted freehand. Our version of black widow spiders are called Redbacks down under and this is what she used as inspiration. A coat of Vallejo satin gave the spider that elusive sheen that some spiders have.


My little lady pondered long and hard to how she was going to set-out the vignette. originally going to be a dungeon type scene, but finding the right components was tricky. The opponent was always to be a spider, but the upward looking nature of Diva required some thought into how to place the miniatures on the base. Whilst at a model show in Melbourne, I found some resin steps which I thought might help, so on bringing them home was rewarded with a big hug and "perfect!".


The figures were placed on the base adjusting the positions until she was happy, then used florist foam to build the base groundwork around the resin steps. The foam areas and lower part of the base were then overlaid with a mix of plaster of paris, fine sand and burnt umber acrylic craft paint. While the mix was still curing, rubble and 1:35 scale plaster bricks were added to represent the collapsed inner courtyard walls. She carefully avoided any plaster ground mix where Diva was to be placed.

A great deal of time was spent painting the resin steps and rubble, bringing out detail with selective washes. This included filters of green, brown and lighter greys, followed by pin washes of flat earth to add a dusty look.

Vegetation and turf from Woodland Scenics was added to finish the groundwork and heavy card, painted brown, hid the vertical foam sides.

Figures were fastened to the base with two part epoxy with the spider being particularly difficult to secure to the base. Placing one of the legs between wall rubble solved the issue, with more vegetation added to hide the epoxy glue.


A final round of touch ups and "There you are!" was completed.


Finally, she wrote a little storyline after delving into my D&D source books to explain the vignette.


The ancient ruined column beckoned skyward like a skeletal finger thrusting out of the earth, beyond lay broad steps flanked by long collapsed stone walls, the inner courtyard.

Diva cautiously moved forward, an entrapment spell ready to cast, the arcane words of the spell not far from her lips. She had been well warned by those of the local village of the hideous creature within these ruins and the descriptions of the creatures predations had shocked even her.

She paused at the top of the steps and looked around a the rubble strewn area beyond: nothing, Even the absence of birdsong was deafening now. Shifting her grip on her mace, she looked around once more and stepped back down the steps.

It was faint at first, a skittering sound, the sound of something hard on stone and scree. Diva strained to pin point the sound, beginning to mutter the first words of the spell, the ancient words strengthening her inner resolve and bolstering her inner strength.

The sound was louder this time, from the direction she had come, beyond the steps. Quiet....

Still wary, she turned to walk back the way she had come. There! The skittering was very loud now and very close!

Whirling around, she watched the eight legged horror appear at the top of the steps, hissing in anger. A giant black widow, the biggest she had seen.


There you are!


Diva the Blessed, high priestess and favoured of Pelor, smiled and prepared to do battle...


So here it is.
















Hope you like it :)

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I like it very much. Funnily enough I am in the process of painting this lady, slightly modified, as a cleric of Corellon Larethian. I love the outer robe, since that's more or less the color I'm going for, and I was debating what color to do the inner. Hope you don't mind if I borrow a few ideas from this. Great work on the ruins too. Overall awesometastic.

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